Sunday, January 31, 2016

OSINT NEWS- U.S. & FOREIGN SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!



 
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
(1) For daily updates on happenings within the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), scroll down right margin to "U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS- click agency below". Click the agency and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal articles will  appear.
(2) For daily updates on happenings in Foreign spy services, scroll down the right margin to "FOREIGN SPY SERVICE HAPPENINGS". Click the spy agency in particular country, and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal publications will appear.

(3) Search TOPIC SEARCH in the right-hand margin and type in your topic of interest. All relevant posts will appear.
(4) Go to ARTICLE ARCHIVES in the right-hand margin and click a date. All articles written on that date will appear.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DHS DEEP DATA MINING HUNTS TERRORISTS

Issue 12 describes how Deep Data Mining is used to hunt terrorists
     The 1/29/16 Issue 12 of Spy AgencyHappenings! is all about the use of deep data mining to fight terrorism. Interestingly, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on deep data mining and its privacy implications for Americans. It discusses data mining activities currently deployed or under development in DHS and we used this as a compass to hand-select relevant articles for Issue 12. Here’s 5 data mining systems currently used in America:      

(1) The Automated Targeting System (ATS), which is administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and includes modules for inbound (ATS-N) and outbound (ATS-AT) cargo, land border crossings (ATS-L), and passengers (ATS-UPAX);
 
(2) The Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI), which is administered by CBP;

(3) The Data Analysis and Research for Trade Transparency System (DARTTS), which is administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);

(4) The FALCON-Roadrunner system, which is administered by ICE; and

(5) The DHS Data Framework, which is a DHS-wide initiative.

      The 1/29/16 Issue 12 Spy AgencyHappenings! contains articles going back to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 when DHS was authorized to use data mining in the programs listed above. The DHS adheres to a set of eight Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) that are rooted in the tenets of the Privacy Act. It is hoped that DHS currently, and in the future, applies the FIPPs fully in its data mining activities.
     Fortunately, there is a human aspect to DHS data mining activities. While the DHS uses the data mining programs listed above, it does not make decisions about individuals solely on the basis of data mining results. DHS employees, as in human beings, conduct investigations to verify (or disprove) any suspicious results of data mining, and then bring their own judgment and experience to bear in making determinations about individuals initially identified through data mining activities.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is an adjunct professor, a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

CIA Spy meets contacts at Nassau Graycliff Hotel

CIA spy Pearson meets contacts at the Graycliff Hotel
 
     The Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series includes espionage and counterterrorism scenes in lush tropical locations. One is the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.
   If you like vintage wines, expensive cigars and/or epicurean delight meals, the Graycliff is for you. Corey often meets his contacts at this place and even though he likes Bahama Mamas or Kahlik beer, he enjoys selections from the Graycliff’s over 275,000 wine bottles, the third-largest private wine collection on earth and the biggest wine cellar in the Caribbean.
The Graycliff Hotel houses the third-largest wine
collection in the world!
     The boutique hotel was once a pirate manor and getaway for British royals. Corey ordered one of the world’s oldest bottles of wine, a 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein from Germany. What the heck, as a CIA spymaster, it was on government money. He didn’t pay for it…you, the taxpayer did. Just kidding…actually, he drank a cheaper brand for only $400 per bottle.
     Graycliff models the Humidor Churrascaria’s concept (pronounced choo-rah-scah-ree-ah), which dates back to the early 1800’s in the south of Brazil. In short, the restaurant specializes in Rodizio- a Brazilian barbecue method of grilling, cutting and serving several varieties of meats such as chicken, pork, beef, lamb and more. At its Humidor Churrascaria, platter after platter of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats are precisely cut and served, in succession, tableside, alongside a banquet-style buffet of tantalizing dishes ranging from simple salads and bean dishes to savory vegetable, fresh fish and indulgent Brazilian specialties.
 
The Graycliff's cigar collection is unmatchable!
     Corey enjoys meeting contacts at the Graycliff Hotel for dinner, and takes advantage of the continuous tableside service, unlimited trips to the bountiful buffet and as much Brazilian barbecue as his stomach can hold.
   Click HERE to journey through the Caribbean islands with Corey!
 
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers at writes the Corey Pearson, CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series. His opinions are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jihadi Sleeper Cells Inside America and Europe

Map of jihadi camps and sleeper cells in U.S.


Jihadi sleeper cells in the U.S. and Europe. That's what Issue 11: 01/16/16- Sleeper Cells of Spy Agency Happenings! is all about.
The feature article of Issue 11 describes the well-established American Islamic group Muslims of America, which has direct ties to a radical Islamic leader in Pakistan and was investigated by the FBI counterterrorism unit. The declassified FBI investigative report revealed that the group “extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. government.”
Regardless of the FBI findings, Muslims of America continues to operate freely throughout America and, since 1982, its members have created living and training compounds in multiple states on large swaths of land (See map above). Its headquarters sits on 70 acres in rural upstate New York in what’s known as “Holy Islamberg.”  Their leader, Pakistani Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, whose group Jamaat al-Fuqra is the Pakistani sister group of Muslims of America, has continued to work to expand his influence in North America.
The Issue 11 of Spy Agency Happenings! newsletter contains dozens of other hand-picked articles describing what "sleeper cells" are and how they operate inside the U.S. and Europe. One article I found describes an ISIS manifesto that reveals the chilling truth about how sleeper cells are established and maintained throughout the EU.
I hope you find Spy Agency Happenings! Issue 11: 01/16/15- Sleeper Cells both informative and entertaining. Enjoy!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is an adjunct professor, a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.

U.S. & Foreign Spy Agency Happenings in OSINT NEWS!



 
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
(1) For daily updates on happenings within the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), scroll down right margin to "U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS- click agency below". Click the agency and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal articles will  appear.
(2) For daily updates on happenings in Foreign spy services, scroll down the right margin to "FOREIGN SPY SERVICE HAPPENINGS". Click the spy agency in particular country, and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal publications will appear.

(3) Search TOPIC SEARCH in the right-hand margin and type in your topic of interest. All relevant posts will appear.
(4) Go to ARTICLE ARCHIVES in the right-hand margin and click a date. All articles written on that date will appear.

ESPIONAGE AND CYBER ATTACKS COST $445 BILLION A YEAR

Global Cyber crime and espionage costs $445 billion each year.

Espionage, espionage...espionage! That's what this latest issue of "Spy Agency Happenings!" is all about. In reality, we all spy on each other. Here's some highlights in this issue that focuses on global espionage:

* NSA conducts ‘economic espionage’ of French companies
* Top German Spy Says no Evidence of Industrial Espionage by the U.S.
* Belgium, Netherlands probe German-US joint espionage
* Learn the complete history of Israel's Intelligence Community: Mossad, Aman, and Shin
* The latest on China's cyber espionage activities
* Pakistan's espionage racket in India
* Russian spies infiltrated suburban America
* Germany spies on U.S.
* France is the top industrial espionage offender
* NSA documents Israeli spying on U.S.

Enjoy this 12/16/15 issue of Spy Agency Happenings!. It's all about espionage!

Vast Chinese Cyber Espionage campaign waged against U.S.

 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is an adjunct professor, a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS! ARCHIVES

Welcome to the Spy Agency Happenings! newspaper. Here's a list of the past issues and the theme of each:

Issue 10: 01/05/16 It's all about women spies and female intelligence operatives

Issue 9: 12/25/15 It's all about declassified top secret documents

Issue 8: 12/19/15 It's all about COUNTERTERRORISM

Issue 7: 12/16/15 It's all about ESPIONAGE

Issue 6: 12/13/15 CIA cracks half-century of institutional build-up, NBC news beefs up intelligence and national security reporting, why good intelligence prevents war, Jeb Bush talks on national security, cyber espionage reaching record levels, much more!

Issue 5: 12/12/15 Intelligence agencies improve strategy & planning, ISIS threats against Vancouver and Ottawa, tightening Visa waiver program, U.S. at greatest terrorist threat since 9/11, no options for spy agency whistleblowers

Issue 4: 12/11/15 Paris attacks, CIA tips off Geneva police, CIA detention & interrogation program, CIA release of classified documents on 9/11 attack.

Issue 3: 12/10/15 General domestic & foreign intelligence happenings.

Issue 2: 12/09/15 General domestic & foreign intelligence happenings

Issue 1: 12/08/15 General domestic and foreign intelligence happenings